Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement. But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.
Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy. In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.
On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.
Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.
In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program. It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.
On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland. Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.
The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state. While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.
Conversation with Rotary District Governor Nabil Oudeh
Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities. During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival. Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.
Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection. It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure. In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades. The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels. John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies. He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.
During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.
The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.
A college in Craftsbury, Vermont, says police are investigating a series of incidents, including one in which a building that had been hanging a rainbow flag to recognize the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando was egged.